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Angels and Isaac’s birth November 4, 2007

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I wanted to write about Isaac for a while, but needed to do some reading before doing so. Interestingly, much was said about Isaac’s birth in the book of Genesis. He was the child through whom Abraham would bless the earth. What did angels have to do with his birth?  Apart from the fact that God told him about the birth in various ways, the three members of the God family visited Sarah and Abraham and spoke about the timing of his birth. We see them appearing to Abraham in the plains of Mamre. Here is what Genesis 18: 1 and 2 say about that visit:

“the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre…and he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him.”

Abraham and Sarah entertained the Lord (the three men) and received the prophetic word about Isaac’s birth. Later they left for Sodom and Abraham accompanied them part of the way. Can you see the love and affection between them?  God (the three men) spoke among themselves in Abraham’s presence, asking whether or not they should hide their plan to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah from him. They decided not to do so since he was faithful (Gen 18: 20 – 21). Two of them went on towards Sodom and Gomorrah, but Abraham detained one of the members of the God family to intercede for the cities (he was thinking about his nephew Lot who lived there).

This fascinating account continued into Genesis 19: 1 which says that “there came two angels to Sodom at even”. These two angels were actually referring to the two members of the God family who had appeared to Abraham in the plains of Mamre. After hearing Abraham’s intercession, the third member did not go on to Sodom, but apparently returned home to heaven.

Genesis 18 and 19 are the most fascinating accounts that I have read in scriptures and I did not see the truth until recently. They teach us three things about God:

* there are three persons.

* they agree and do not contradict each other. This was revealed here since they consistently said the same thing to Abraham about his son. Additionally, the third person of the family said that Sodom and Gomorrah would not be destroyed if there were at least 10 righteous persons there. He did not continue on to Sodom and Gomorrah to confer with the others on that issue because they already knew that not even 10 righteous people lived there. This is why Moses taught Israel that the “Lord our God is one God”. This is also the reason why Jesus taught us that He was one with the Father.

* God can appear in the form of humans and angels. This is mystical, but God is mystical as Michael said. Jesus changed His appearance after His resurrection and was able to come through walls because He now possessed the spiritual body.

This is about Isaac, really, but even more about the great and Mighty God that we serve. Praise His Holy name.

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